WASHINGTON, D.C. (NEXSTAR) – One student was killed and eight others hurt in a shooting at a Colorado school on Tuesday. The national conversation has turned to what can be done to combat gun violence. Neither students at Highlands Ranch STEM School nor lawmakers on Capitol Hill can agree on what the right answer is.
A vigil at the school to honor the 18-year-old killed erupted into a protest as mourners clashed over gun control.
Some say the shooting is being politicized. Others argue something has to change or more students will be killed.
“All you could hear was screaming, and yelling and, ‘Get down on the ground!’ It was terrifying.”
The trauma experienced by this student made Sen. Chuck Schumer think of his grandson.
“I don’t want him to come home after school and tell his parents about learning to hide under a desk,” Schumer said.
He said Democrats have legislation that could help reduce gun violence in schools. HR 8 would close the loopholes that allow people to buy guns online and at trade shows without a background check.
“Something that more than 90% of Americans support,” Schumer said.
The bill passed in the House of Representatives but probably won’t even get a vote in the Senate.
“I am so disappointed, once again, in Leader McConnell and the Republican majority who have turned this chamber into a legislative graveyard,” Schumer said.
Republican Sen. John Thune, of South Dakota, said Congress hasn’t ignored the problem.
“We passed legislation that would strengthen the NICS program and put more resources into hardening some of those targets, particularly in schools.”
Thune said we should save lives by enforcing the laws we already have.